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A family of different dissemination products from one Cochrane Review

Date and Location




Sunday 22 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author

Claire Glenton

Contact person

Sarah Rosenbaum
Claire Glenton
Simon Lewin
Abstract text
Background and Objectives: For several years, the Norwegian Cochrane branch and the Norwegian EPOC satellite have participated in the development of dissemination products derived from systematic reviews, aimed at audiences using evidence for different tasks. All products use the Summary of Findings table as a core starting point. In this presentation we will demonstrate how the tables and other elements make up critical building blocks for creating products tailored to specific and different uses. One parent, many children: The Cochrane review on the effect of lay health workers was first published in 2005 and has been updated twice since then. We aimed to increase its impact by re-representing the results in the following formats: (1) Structured plain language summary format. In addition to including the summary in the review, elements from this summary were also reused in parts of the remaining products. (2) SUPPORT summary format, aimed at policy makers in low and middle-income countries. This review summary was made available through several websites, including the WHO’s Reproductive Health Library, where it was the most downloaded document of 2012. (3) Video version of the SUPPORT summary. This was made available on YouTube, and has so far been viewed 7800 times. (4) As part of a SURE policy brief format. This was developed by Ugandan colleagues in response to a specific request from national policy makers for evidence on task shifting. (5) As part of the DECIDE evidence to recommendation frameworks that were developed to support a WHO Guideline panel. Conclusions: The Summary of Findings table is the core starting point for all our dissemination work. Without it, creating a consistent and precise message across different media and contexts would be an overwhelming task. You can read more about these formats on